Well, the shaggy beard and the shades are gone as clean-shaven Joaquin Phoenix returned to the scene of the crime with a stint on the Late Show with David Letterman tonight. (Teaser below.) It’s been 1 1/2 years after his out-of-body appearance that turned out to be an act for the Casey Affleck-directed mockumentary I’m Still Here. In the provided partial transcript, Phoenix denies that Letterman was in on the gag and apologized for duping him. ”It was batting practice, you know what I mean? Every one of them was a dinger,” Letterman tells him. Phoenix laughs: “I was looking for a beat down, and I got one.”
Casey Affleck came clean to The New York Timestoday, admitting that his Joaquin Phoenix meltdown documentary I’m Still Here was in fact a phony piece of performance art. It seems amusing in hindsight that each time Deadline referred to the film in the past few months as a “mockumentary,” the filmmakers and distributor Magnolia Pictures became incensed. This revelation is about as shocking as when Vince McMahon revealed that professional wrestling bouts were prearranged. Read More »
Actor Joaquin Phoenix, whose Feb. 11 2009 visit to the Late Show with David Letterman became a viral hit with some 8 million hits, will return to the CBS talk show on Wednesday, September 22. Phoenix is the subject of the upcoming documentary film, I’m Still Here, directed by actor and brother-in-law Casey Affleck.
Magnolia Pictures has released this teaser trailer for I’m Still Here, the Casey Affleck-directed documentary about the peculiar hip-hop adventure of Joaquin Phoenix. The film will be unveiled next month at the Toronto Film Festival, but has anyone heard Phoenix’s supposed hip-hop tunes which interrupted the momentum of a fine acting career?
Magnolia Pictures has completed an acquisition of I’m Still Here: The Lost Year Of Joaquin Phoenix, the mockumentary that Casey Affleck directed about his brother-in-law’s bizarre transformation from acclaimed actor to debauched hip-hop artist. Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles tells me the film is set for a platform release on September 10, with wide release a week later. Bowles acknowledged the possibility of a festival premiere — I hear Venice or Toronto — and the Magnolia release will include a VOD component.
Phoenix has a relationship with Magnolia that includes Two Lovers, his last film before he took this odd journey. Bowles said Phoenix will be speaking about the pic in some capacity. Bowles said he made the deal after several face-to-face meetings with Affleck and acquired the film over several other bidding outlets. Bowles was among the distributors who attended buyer screenings held on both coasts by sales agent WME Global. Some distribs walked away turned off or confused. They weren’t sure if this was an Andy Kaufman-like hoax, or a great actor’s meltdown. Among other hijinks, Phoenix is seen snorting coke off the breast of a prostitute.
Bowles didn’t say whether he believed the storyline, but he came away confident this was a film he could sell, and that it introduces the work of a real filmmaker in Affleck. “No matter what I thought coming in, I came out feeling this was a pretty amazing piece of work, jaw dropping but dimensional,” … Read More »